Friday, June 5, 2009
I recently received the following link in an email and thought I'd share some information related to this topic:
ACM-WCBH Initiative Finds Large Gender Gap in Teens Interested in Computing as a Career
"The NIC initiative began in late 2007 with a review of the question, “Why is interest in computer
science declining in U.S. colleges?” At that time, a recently published UCLA study found that the number of undergraduates choosing a computer science major was down a stunning 70% since2000.1 And according to a 2007 Computer Research Association (CRA) Taulbee Survey, therewere double-digit declines in enrollments for graduate degrees in computer science.2 Althoughit may be hard to believe, more than 80% of today’s college freshmen—the very students that grew up with computers and are now called “digital natives”—said they had no idea whatcomputer science majors actually do."
"The number of computer science majors is still not meeting projected workforce needs, and the Taulbee Survey points out that diversity in computer science programs continues to be poor. For example, just over 10% of the bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women."
Graphic related to the study (THE Journal)
ACM's Committee on Women in Computing
Association for Women in Computing
National Center for Women & Information Technology
Woman & Information Technology By the Numbers pdf
IEEE Women in Engineering
IEEE CIS: Women in Computational Intelligence
"This blog on engineering education is maintained by the Engineering Pathway, a portal to high-quality teaching and learning resources in engineering, applied science and math, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology and is designed for use by K-12 and university educators and students. The K-12 engineering curriculum uses engineering as a vehicle for the integration of hands-on science and mathematics through real-world designs and applications that inspire the creativity of youth. Users may search over K-12 engineering lessons and activities, as well as other K-12 resources, by many criteria - including content focus area, grade level and educational standards...."
The website has great resources about a multitude of topics related to engineering, computing, and related technologies. I especially liked the sections related to "broadening participation"
The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science and Technology
Interesting posts from Engineering Pathways:
Engineering Education "Today in History" Innovation in Shopping Carts
Alice Agogino, 6/4/09
Engineering Education "Today in History" Apple II Goes on Sale
Alice Agogino, 6/5/09